‘Steel’ welcomes new commander

| January 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, "Broncos" 25th Infantry Division, Col. Brian S. Eifler passes the guidon to the incoming commander of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, "Steel", 25th ID, Lt. Col George Hammar Jan. 11, during a change of command ceremony held on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Cashmere C. Jefferson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Broncos,” 25th Infantry Division, Col. Brian S. Eifler, passes the guidon to the incoming commander of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, “Steel,”3rd BCT, 25th ID, Lt. Col George Hammar, during a change of command ceremony held, here, Jan. 11. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Cashmere C. Jefferson | 3rd Brigade
Combat Team Public Affairs)

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A change of command ceremony for 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, “Steel”, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was held, here, on Weyand Field, Jan. 11.

Outgoing Steel commander Col. Jim Lowe, was promoted just hours before the ceremony, relinquishing command to Lt. Col. George Hammar.

Col. Brian Eifler, commander, 3rd BCT “Bronco Brigade,” the ceremony’s reviewing officer, said that the enemy has no doubt felt the sting of Steel thanks to Lowe and his Soldiers.

“You and your families, along with your Soldiers, have sacrificed so much,” said Eifler. “You have brought honor to your battalion, this BCT, this division and our Army.”

Eifler cited Imperial German Army artillery officer Col. Georg Bruchmuller, the father of modern fire support, saying, “The thanks of the infantry, in my opinion, must be treasured more by every artilleryman than all decoration and citations.”

Lowe, a West Point graduate, commanded the “Never Broken” 3rd Bn., 7th FA, during the unit’s successful yearlong deployment to the eastern region of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He told the Steel Soldiers he was thankful of their effortless work and support during his time in command.

“You are truly amazing and have exceeded my wildest expectations with all that you have accomplished,” said Lowe. “I have been extremely fortunate to be your commander over the last two years.”

The incoming commander previously held positions such as platoon leader, battery commander, battalion operations officer, battalion executive officer and brigade deputy commander; he has also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and OEF. During the ceremony, Hammar assured the Soldiers he is dedicated to the strong legacy of the unit.

“Together we will continue the legacy of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, by being disciplined masters of our craft, as well as any mission assigned to us,” he said. “There will be challenges in the future, but together we can overcome them and continue to move forward as a team, taking care of each other and the new Soldiers and their families, both here and in combat.”

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